The Elusive Ingénue

  title={The Elusive Ing{\'e}nue},
  author={Ashwini Tambe},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={160 - 179}
  • A. Tambe
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • History
  • Gender & Society
European prostitutes occupied an important intermediary status in colonial Bombay’s racially stratified sexual order. In this article, the author offers a transnational feminist analysis of how the colonial state managed its racial and spatial location. The colonial state individuated, fostered, and monitored European prostitutes much more closely than others involved in the sex trade, and “coercive protection” by the police and brothel mistresses kept European brothel workers within their… 
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The Queen’s Daughters: White Prostitutes, British India and the Contagious Diseases Acts
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Brothels as families: Reflections on the history of Bombay's1 kothas
Abstract Feminist theory typically locates prostitution outside the ambit of familial institutions. In particular, sex radical feminists and some feminist historians cast prostitution as an
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Sex in an Imperial War Zone: Transnational Encounters in Second World War India
  • Y. Khan
  • History, Economics
    History workshop journal : HWJ
  • 2012
How the waging of war in an imperial setting may have reshaped military and civilian relations in India from 1939-45 is suggested and widespread prostitution is investigated as one aspect of the gendered wartime economy.
Stimulation, Segregation and Scandal: Geographies of Prostitution Regulation in British India, between Registration (1888) and Suppression (1923)*
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5 THE POLITICS OF BORDER CROSSINGS Black , Postcolonial , and Transnational Feminist Perspectives
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South Asian border crossings and sex work: Revisiting the question of migration in anti-trafficking interventions
The author argues that states’ anxieties about migration are themselves migrating, such that states in different regions are aiming to coordinate their responses to increased economic migration everywhere, and shows that anxiety about preventing sex work gain purchase in an international context in which migration and decriminalized borders are increasingly suspect.
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Book review forum: Philip Howell, Geographies of Regulation: Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; 312 pp.: 9780521853651, £55 (hbk).
resistance, the bodies at the core of this book remain rather distant. I also wonder if Howell might have developed a biopolitical perspective on these topics if time and space had allowed?


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Venereal disease, prostitution, and the politics of Empire: the case of British India.
  • P. Levine
  • History
    Journal of the history of sexuality
  • 1994
In post-Mutiny British India, venereal diseases and the various legislative means enacted from the 1860s on to combat them spawned a lengthy controversy, spilling over into Lord Kitchener's military administration early in the twentieth century.